THE ARTIST’S WORK: Vernon G’s skill is evident in the ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ theme wedding of Patricia Outerbridge and Andrew Borland (see pages 1-3). Vernon said: ‘I just could not see the bridesmaids in anything other than big, high buns, because the  dresses flowed’, therefore he felt he needed ‘to be a bit more dramatic with the buns and smoky eyes’.  
Photo by Amanda Temple
THE ARTIST’S WORK: Vernon G’s skill is evident in the ‘Midsummer Night’s Dream’ theme wedding of Patricia Outerbridge and Andrew Borland (see pages 1-3). Vernon said: ‘I just could not see the bridesmaids in anything other than big, high buns, because the dresses flowed’, therefore he felt he needed ‘to be a bit more dramatic with the buns and smoky eyes’. Photo by Amanda Temple

I remember my first wedding as a hair and make-up artist 22 years ago in South Africa. The hair was set in big rollers and backcombed high on the head.

Flowers were placed meticulously in the right place and the diamante clips placed to enhance the hairstyle.

Make-up was flawless and absolutely gorgeous with lots of mascara and layers of eye shadows to create the perfect look for the bride.

Months of planning goes into creating that special look for each and every bride, together with liaising with the bride every step of the way.

Years later, I still apply the same principle to every wedding that I have been given the opportunity to create a special look for the bride.

Whether I know the bride, or meet a destination bride, there is always a sense of discovering and celebrating the moment when two souls connect with each other in a matrimonial ceremony.

And still, each time when the can of hairspray is put down and the bride is ready to get dressed, a sense of pride and joy overwhelms me.

It takes years of practice to understand the concept of each and every bride from the theme, the dress, the shoes, the jewellery from grandma, the antique family heirloom veil, the music, the food, the bridesmaids and yes, the groom.

The drama before a wedding is sometimes the best part of planning the look.

I have had many moments of joy and laughter with a bride where ideas are exchanged and new ideas are conveyed as a result of sharing our combined visions of what her big day will be like. 

I always ask my future brides to tell me about how they fell in love, and who their favourite celebrity bride is.

Many times, it is the classic bridal look, that is the curls, the soft bun, the side swept fringe, and most important, that picture-perfect look for their special day.

Other times, a look that was chosen by a bride is just not the right look for her, and it is my responsibility to create and guide her in a different direction.

I recently did a theme wedding that was “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” — ethereal, magical and very feminine.

I just could not see the bridesmaids in anything other than big, high buns.

Why? The dresses flowed; it was soft, sheer and very whimsical — I needed it to be a bit more dramatic with the buns and smoky eyes. 

It worked beautifully and the bride stood out in her own right with soft, slightly messy hand curls with a big soft white flower on the side of her head.

Smoky bronzed eyes and a soft subtle nude lip ruled the victory to this gorgeous flow of the theme.

Moments like these take my breath away and always remind me why I enjoy the art of hair and make-up in this day and age.

Make-up is one of my biggest passions… it is the art of painting and sculpting, the art of creating the perfect illusion to the naked eye and to the camera lens.

I believe that every bride has the ability to wear beautiful smoky eyes, like a top super model.

When you mention smoky eyes to a bride, you will immediately receive the reaction: “I want a natural look”.

True, natural make-up does mean that the skin should glow, enhanced with a gorgeous peachy blush, contoured cheeks and fabulous lashes. 

Perfect make-up also creates the most gorgeous photos. I look back at some of my brides that I did 22 years ago, and the face looks flawless, perfect iridescent eyes, shiny cheekbones and beautiful lip gloss.

Hair and make-up is an art that is sheer creativity, mixed with a sensitive understanding of the idea and concept of your bride. 

You play an essential role to create the image that every bride dreams of when she was a little girl.

Six months to go

Plan ahead. Once your wedding date has been set, you should book your appointments for hair and make-up.

Beautiful skin. Start your bridal skin care regimen now to ensure a glowing complexion on your big day. Book a Clarins facial treatment today and discuss a course of treatments and home care for the best results.

Manicure and pedicure. These are essential treatments for a beautiful total look, especially if you want to be able to show off your beautiful wedding ring. We offer Clarins “Beautiful hand and foot” treatments for the best results.

Hair. Book your wedding day hair trial now. Bring in pictures from magazines or web sites that you like. 

This will help our stylists achieve the best results.  It is always a good idea to bring along your veil or any other hair accessories that you are considering.

Make-up. Book your make-up trial now. We can offer stylists who also are make-up artists, or our beauty therapists who will be able to create that flawless look.

You may wish to try false lashes to add that extra bit of drama.

Here is a handy checklist to help you in planning your big day.

Three months to go

Bridal party gifts are essential. Strands Gift Cards are always a great way to say thank you and are available for any treatment package or dollar amount (see spa packages).

Don’t forget Mom. Let us take care of Mom for a day.  From hair and make-up to manicure and pedicure, give her a special Strands treat because she deserves it.

The final countdown

Your pre-wedding facial. This should occur two to three weeks before your wedding day.

If you are planning on wearing a backless dress, then you might want to consider a Clarins cleansing back treatment. It will make you look and feel great.

Beautiful and tanned without the sun. Clarins offers a great self-tan treatment to give that special sun-kissed glow.

Honeymoon sundries. Stop by our retail centre and stock up on all your hair care, skincare and sun products. We also carry Travel Packs by Clarins, “Gorgeous Getaways” and “Travel @ Clarins”.

Beautifully soft body. Try one of our Clarins “Sweet and Savory” exfoliating treatments.

Smooth to the touch. We offer a wide range of waxing treatments (bikini, Brazilian, eyebrows, lips, under arms and legs) that will ensure the perfect you.

Day before stress relief

Consider one of our Clarins treatment massages to help melt away fatigue and stress.

On the big day

Time for the final hair and make-up. All that’s left to do now is walk down the aisle. n

 

Vernon G is an enigmatic hair and make-up artist with over 22 years of experience in this field. He is currently employed by Strands Hair Salon/Skin Spa in Bermuda. With a very creative eye and laser sharp vision, he will help you create the perfect vision for your wedding day.